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The Safeway Massacre has loosened the tongues of LEOs everywhere on the subject of gun control. Cornwall, Ontario Police Chief Dan Parkinson doesn’t think our neighbors to the north should have handguns for personal defense. And I’d like to know more about that incident (described at 1:52) where he wanted to unload his handgun so he wasn’t killed with it. Huh?

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  1. This guy, right? “People very stringently hold onto their rights.” (in referring to being able to have a handgun). Yes, they do hold onto their rights. It is the only reason they have them. He goes on to say that there should be tests and laws to make it very hard to get a handgun in Canada. There are. It is practically not worth trying for. You have to do so much crap and fill out so many forms and do so many training sessions and watch so many ‘educational’ videos it isn’t funny. So what is he saying really? There should be more of what there already is that isn’t working? Cops and criminals are the majority of gunholders in Canada. The laws do little but deter well meaning people from protecting themselves. I posted this in a previous post but it seems very valid to do so again here.

    “Gang violence fuelled rise in homicides in 2008
    Last Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | 11:44 AM ET Comments69 Recommend19.
    CBC News
    Gang-related violence accounted for almost one in four homicides in Canada last year, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.

    Police reported 611 homicides in Canada in 2008, an increase of 17 from the previous year and a two per cent rise in the national homicide rate, Statistics Canada said in a report released Wednesday.

    That rise coincides with the 138 gang-related homicides in 2008, 20 more than in 2007. These included homicides linked to organized crime groups or street gangs, as well as deaths of innocent bystanders.

    Police in the metropolitan area of Toronto reported 24 gang-related homicides, the most of Canada’s largest census metropolitan areas. But based on population, Calgary’s 16 gang-related homicides gave it the highest rate among the 10 largest metropolitan areas.

    Gun-related violence on rise
    With a rise in gang-related homicides came a rise in gun-related killings. There were 200 homicides committed with a firearm in 2008, 12 more than the previous year. Firearm-related crime has been increasing since 2002, and gang violence is the primary driver of this trend, the study found.

    Homicides by census metropolitan area (2008)
    Cities with 500,000+ pop. No. of homicides Rate
    Winnipeg 31 4.07
    Edmonton 39 3.44
    Calgary 34 2.87
    Vancouver 54 2.37
    Toronto 103 1.86
    Montreal 48 1.27
    Ottawa 11 1.20
    Quebec 8 1.09
    Hamilton 6 0.85
    Kitchener 4 0.78
    (Source: Statistics Canada)
    Three-quarters of gang-related homicides in Canada were committed with a firearm, compared with about 20 per cent of homicides unconnected to gangs.

    Toronto police reported 50 gun-related homicides, again the most of all metropolitan areas, but Winnipeg and Edmonton had the highest rate of firearm-related deaths.

    The study also found that the proportion of homicide victims in 2008 that were females was the lowest in almost 50 years. Females made up 24 per cent of homicide victims and died in homicides at a rate of 0.87 per 100,000 population, both the lowest numbers since 1961.

    Statistics Canada said the decline could be connected to a corresponding drop in spousal homicide rates over the last 30 years, as well as the rise in gang-related homicides, which mostly targets men. Among solved homicides, 15 per cent were committed by a spouse.

    Women are about three times more likely to be a victim of a spousal homicide than men, Statistics Canada said.

    Western provinces have highest rates
    Western provinces and territories had the highest homicide rates, with Manitoba reporting the highest rate, followed by Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

    New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec reported the lowest rates.

    While most gang-related homicides occurred in urban centres, the report found Canadians in rural areas were at slightly more risk of being a victim of a homicide.

    In 2008, the 22.9 million Canadians living in one of the 34 major metropolitan areas had a lower homicide rate (1.8 per cent) than the 10.4 million Canadians living outside a city (2.0 per cent).”

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  2. I’ve been to Canada several times, and I loved it there because it’s a great place to visit. The Canadians are a peaceful people and they appear to be more than happy to remain sheep. I know that I’m being mean spirited (so much for my new kind and gentler side) and generalizing, but it’s the truth. They should worry about running their own country, which is usually a very nice peaceful place to live, and they should keep their dumass gun control opinions to themselves. Canada also has some of the strictest gun control laws and bans anywhere, and they still can’t stop criminals from using guns.

    • Exactly my point. And no, as a Canadian I don’t think you are being mean at all. You are literally reflecting my point of view on it. I don’t agree with the peaceful side however. It isn’t as peachy as you think 🙂

      • I’ve been in parts of Montreal that were a peaceful as Beirut. I still love Toronto, though. Churchill and northern Manitoba, too.


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